To comply with the Energy Efficiency Directive as required by the European Commission and ISO 500001, Levaco Chemicals in Leverkusen, Germany, had to save energy. After evaluating its current systems, the company’s engineering team determined that defective steam traps were causing loss of steam, inefficient heat transfer and wasted energy. Steam trap failures also were causing process shutdowns, and trying to track down problems with manual rounds was not effective.
Levaco installed wireless acoustic monitors to identify failed steam traps as early as possible, allowing them to correct the issues. Because of this project, Levaco complied with the Energy Efficiency Directive, met ISO 500001 requirements, saved a considerable amount of energy and solved its operational and safety problems.